Warriors, Tampines claim second straight victories

Defending champions Warriors FC maintained their perfect start to the 2015 S.League season after beating Harimau Muda 3-1 to claim a second consecutive win.

The Warriors got off to a dream start at the Hang Jebat Stadium as they edged ahead inside the opening minute; Nicolas Velez slotting home after being picked out inside the box by Kevin McCann’s right-wing cross.

However, the hosts pulled level in 16th minute when an excellent delivery from Ridzuan Abdunloh was nodded towards goal by Faizat Ghazli, where opposition keeper Neezam Aziz proceeded to make a real hash of his save and fumbled the ball over the line.

Nonetheless, the visitors reclaimed the lead two minutes before the hour mark through a close-range header from Shi Jiayi, after Marin Vidosevic had flicked Fazli Jaffar’s corner into his path.

And eight minutes later, Warriors went on to wrap up the win when Velez got in ahead of Wan Ahmad Amirzafran to latch onto a lovely through-ball by Shi, before coolly finishing past Ilham Amirullah.

In Thursday’s other game, Tampines Rovers also made it two wins out of as many games after recording a 1-0 triumph over Courts Young Lions at the Jurong West Stadium.

Following a goalless first half, the winner arrived in the 78th minute when Shaiful Esah, picking up possession after Noh Alam Shah’s initial header had come back off the bar, floated a pinpoint cross for Mateo Roskam to convert at the far post.

Still, the game was marred in the closing stages as both sides were reduced to ten men; Young Lions midfielder M. Anumanthan being shown a straight red ten minutes from the end, before Stags counterpart Roberto Alviz was also issued his marching orders for a second bookable offence in injury-time.

Thursday’s S.League Results

Tampines Rovers 1-0 Courts Young Lions

Harimau Muda 1-3 Warriors FC

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